Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said no decision had been made about whether to charge Mel Gibson in the domestic violence case involving his former girlfriend.
In a released statement today Cooley’s web site states; “Allegations of domestic violence involving Mel Gibson are actively under review by the District Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Gibson’s attorneys met yesterday with Airport Branch prosecutors and provided information they felt was relevant to the matter. Information received will be taken into account in deciding whether or not to file charges.
Any decisions made by the D.A.’s office in this case will be made public in a timely manner.”
This statement was prompted by a RadarOnline.com exclusive yesterday stating that charges could be imminent for Mel Gibson involving an allegation of domestic violence by Oksana Grigorieva and her attorneys.
Blair Berke, Gibson’s criminal attorney, met for 2 hours yesterday with Deputy District Attorney John Lynch, to try to avoid any felony or misdemeanor criminal charges being filed on her client Gibson.
The L. A. Times is reporting that L.A. County sheriff’s investigators have spent months looking into whether Gibson struck ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
Officials have said that case is closely tied to another investigation into whether someone tried to extort money from Gibson.
Sources have told the Los Angeles Times that prosecutors won’t make a decision on the case until the Sheriff’s Department has finished its inquiry into claims that Grigorieva or someone close to her attempted to extort money from Gibson.
News of the meeting Tuesday was first reported by Radar Online.com.
So a messy custody dispute is now bringing criminal investigations of extortion and domestic violence as Gibson and Grigorieva continue allegations against each other in what is becoming an increasing potential volatile custody dispute over their one year old daughter Lucia.
More lawyers are being added by both sides which brings to mind the old saying, “If you have the money, we have the time”.
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January 19, 2011
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